Online Piano Lessons
Are you looking for piano lessons? Our piano instructors have been teaching piano lessons for many years and hold advanced degrees. We can take you further with piano lessons than many similar programs are able to do.
(Piano) 1st Step – Identify Your Goals:
First and foremost, what you are working towards and what you enjoy are the focus of your lessons. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, piano lessons won’t feel like they are worth the effort. Because of this, we use a several strategies to make the most of your time.
During the first lesson, we’ll discuss what you would like to learn and work towards this from the very beginning. Your goals are important to us. Therefore, your goals are always the focus of your piano lessons at Your Lessons Now!
(Piano) 2nd Step – Technique:
We teach proper technique and hone the ability to play well. Learning without strain or hurting yourself. Therefore, we use concepts from the French classical technique in our approach.
Our areas of focus include:
- Smooth movement of the fingers.
- Use of the forearm to prevent wrist strain.
- Fractional pedaling, therefore improving sustain, tone, and resonance.
- Mastering all chords, inversions, and scales. Therefore, minimizing fatigue and strain.
Most importantly, these ideas allow for fantastic piano lessons and playing for years to come!
Lastly, ideas are added gradually and as it relates to the goal. Therefore, classes are built in a way that avoids too much repetition. It’s important to enjoy the process. Burnout is something we take very seriously.
(Piano) 3rd Step – Sight Reading:
Your ability to learn new pieces quickly will greatly speed your progress. We use a combination of computer software, analysis, and a focus on regularly learning new material.
Your piano teacher will use various methods and discuss what works best for you in your piano lessons. For example, Alfred Interactive is a great program to use, as it provides randomized sight reading exercises.
Some of the materials that we use include:
(Piano) 4th Step – Ear Training:
You will progress much faster if you train your sense of pitch. This is learned, natural perfect pitch is not a requirement. Therefore, there are several ways we use to learn this skill.
Your piano teacher will go over each of these:
- Call and response techniques.
- Computer software.
- The fundamentals of voice, used to understand how pitch works.
- Transposition, which is to change the key of a song.
- Improvisation, which is making a new song on the spot.
- Sight singing. Singing accurately just from a piece of sheet music.
- Solfege. The use of hand signs to learn a piece of music.
- Aspects of the Suzuki method.
(Piano) 5th Step – Practice Methods:
There is more involved in growing as a musician than “playing the piece over and over”. You will learn how to reduce something to its most basic aspects and then refine it to master it.
In addition, you will learn how to identify problems and how to fix them. Therefore, analysis plays a huge role here. Lastly, analysis includes the ability to identify chords, rhythms, recognize intervals, and understand the building blocks of how various styles of music work.
(Piano) 6th Step – Efficiency of Learning:
Simply put, your time is valuable. For this reason, our piano teachers prioritize moving quickly and not droning on about a concept that is wholly understood or already mastered. For instance, you may be buried in homework, work many hours a week, or generally live a busy life. Therefore, we believe in making the most of your time.
In conclusion, we teach whatever technique or aspect of theory is directly relevant to your musical projects in the moment, providing you the most important and relevant tools to succeed.